13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Dubai

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planning tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 12 hours traveling from Dubai to Los Angeles. In June, Los Angeles is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

4
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Taft Point and Panorama Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Sentinel Dome and Yosemite Falls. The adventure continues: get great views at Tunnel View, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park route planning site .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Visit Pfeiffer State Beach and Lovers Point for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Dennis the Menace Park. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur--about 58 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's more to do: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lands End and Muir Woods National Monument. Visit Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks for their historical value. The adventure continues: get curious at Exploratorium, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and explore the activities along San Francisco Bay.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Lands End ©
Lands End

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